Price County, Wisconsin
PCEDA Believes in Its Mission The Price County Economic Development Association (PCEDA) exists to foster cooperation between Price County municipalities and economic organizations for the purpose of retaining, attracting, and creating new business. Objectives 1.  Create a proactive county wide business climate which promotes diversity for state, national, and global attraction. 2.  Support and promote local community recruitment plans for new businesses and industries. 3.  Support and promote local, area, state, and federal alternative financing programs which are available to new/expanding businesses. 4.  Support local community efforts to develop and implement business retention plans and programs. 5.  Support expansion of relationships between education and business & industry. 6.  Support and promote local, county, and state infrastructure improvements. 7.  Maintain active participation in area, state, and federal economic development efforts. Membership Membership Meetings are held 3 times per year in January, May, and September in Northern, Central, and Southern Price County. Price County Municipalities Price County Industrial Development Corps. Price County Economic Development Corps. Other Organized Economic Development Entities in Price County Organization – 9 Directors form the Membership: Dennis Rodewald (President), Phillips IDC Bob Kopisch (Vice President), Price County Board – Chairman Bobbi Damrow (Secretary), Park Falls IDC and CDC – Vice President Mayor Tom Ratzlaff (Treasurer), City of Park Falls Mayor Chuck Peterson, City of Phillips President Dale Heikkinen, Prentice IDC Ginny Strobl, Georgetown Jim Hintz, Fifield Scott Raab, Ogema Area Development Association Price County Towns Association – Northern & Southern Representatives Lifetime Achievement Awards This annual event is intended to recognize the success of an individual who has helped to build, transform, and improve Price County throughout his or her lifetime and who has positively impacted the lives of Price County residents while bringing honor and distinction to their profession and/or their career. 2016 Recipients:  Don & Wanda Preisler Don Preisler Mr. Don Preisler was born and raised in the Park Falls area which is located in Price County, Wisconsin.  Don graduated from Lincoln High School in Park Falls in 1952 and then attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior and also Cameron College in Lawton, Oklahoma.  Don was among the first Scouts from Park Falls to attain the Eagle Scout Award. Don took a position with Flambeau Paper Company in Park Falls after college and then spent two years in the U.S. Army, returning to work at Flambeau Paper Company after his honorable discharge.  Don remained employed there for 43 years and became National Sales Manager.  Don was a very important part of the success of the Flambeau Paper Mill and its many employees during the time he was the National Sales Manager. Don Preisler served on the Price County Board, and as a member of the Forestry Committee, he worked to develop the Tuscobia Trailhead Park and Smith Lake County Park.  He also served as a trustee on the Price County Library Board.  Don was also instrumental in helping develop the Park Falls Recreation Arena.  A donation from the Preisler family in the amount of $150,000 helped to complete the recreational facility.  Don also made contributions for the development of tennis courts in the Park Falls Athletic Complex. Wanda Preisler Ms. Wanda Preisler was born and lived her early life in Lawton, Oklahoma.  She married Don Preisler in 1959 and moved to Park Falls.  Wanda and Don have two daughters, Jill and Jane.  Wanda’s career as a nurse, nursing home administrator, and owner of multiple businesses allowed her to impact the lives of many, many Price County residents.  In the early 1970’s Wanda and Don Preisler partnered with Mel and Sally Lynn of Eau Claire to purchase the Smith Nursing Home in Park Falls and developed Park Manor, Ltd.  Through the 1970s, Park Manor was expanded from 48 beds to 171 beds and provided employment for 180 people.  Also during this time, Wanda developed the old nursing home located in Park Falls to a community-based residential assisted living facility know as Park Place.  There are over 300 residents of Price County today that work in a business that Wanda established during her career.  These businesses generate over $10 million dollars of revenue annually for Price County. In the late 1990s Wanda wanted to insure that Park Manor would remain in Park Falls and Price County.  Using her innovative approach to the challenge, she determined that she could establish a Park Manor Employee Stock Ownership Plan and set the course for Park Manor to become a 100% employee-owned business. During her career, Wanda volunteered, ran for office, and made her services available to the community and profession, the most notable include serving on the Price County Board, Wisconsin Nursing Home Examining Board, and North Central Technical College Board.  She also served on medical and financial boards, along with many local Park Falls community and sports organizations. 2015 Recipient:  Leo Heikkinen Mr. Leo Heikkinen was born and raised in Brantwood, Wisconsin and graduated from Tripoli High School in 1935.  After high school Leo worked in Milwaukee and in 1945 returned to Prentice and opened Heikkinen Machine Shop.  Leo’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to start Prentice Hydraulics in 1959, which operated until 1967 when it was sold to Omark Industries of Portland, Oregon.  The company had 340 employees and Prentice had 51 percent of the world hydraulic loader market.  Omark then built Leo a Research & Development facility to design, develop, and test new forestry production equipment. Leo Heikkinen and his family created a new hydraulic recycling equipment company called Multitek.  Multitek manufactures fuelwood processors, conveyors, wheel crushers, attachments for skid steers, and machines for screening top soil, mulch, sludge, and manure.  Several area support cluster businesses were started in Prentice and Price County because of Leo Heikkinen’s inventions, product lines, and model expansions. These two companies founded by Leo Heikkinen, Multitek North America, LLC and Prentice Hydraulics, which is now called Cat Forestry and owned by Caterpillar of Peoria, IL, have both expanded in Prentice providing major employment and economic development for Prentice, Price County, and surrounding communities.       2014 Recipient:  Carl Marschke Mr. Carl Marschke founded Marquip, Inc. in Phillips, Wisconsin in 1968 with a starting capital of $500.  By 1997, Marquip, Inc. was a full line global corrugated supplier with sales and shipping in excess of $186 million in equipment, parts, and service that employed 1,700 people world-wide and was one of the largest employers in Price County. Over the years, Carl has received numerous awards, but he is extremely proud of his recognition by his peers as one of Boxboard Containers International’s 50 Most Influential Leaders of the 20th Century. I n addition, the Milwaukee School of Engineering bestowed an Honorary Doctorate on Mr. Marschke and he was privileged to deliver the commencement address to the University of Wisconsin engineering graduates. Carl has, through his business development efforts, helped to build, transform, and improve Price County.  Carl has had a significant impact on business and industry in Price County and over the years has brought honor and respect to Price County as a major manufacturing center for Northern Wisconsin. Carl Marschke was born and raised in Rib Lake, Wisconsin.  Mr. Marschke graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1964. 2013 Recipient:  Robert Cervenka Mr. Robert Cervenka was one of the co-founders of Phillips Plastics Corporation.  The company was founded in Price County in 1964 and grew to 1,600 employees in 14 locations and $300 million in sales at the time Mr. Cervenka sold the company in 2010.  In 1974, Cervenka and Vokurka co-founded the Ann Marie Foundation.  Named after their mothers, the foundation has donated over $8 million since its inception.  The Ann Marie Foundation works to improve the quality of life within local communities home to Phillips Plastics facilities when the founders owned the company. A very important part of Robert Cervenka’s success was attributed to his ability to treat all people with respect.  Thereby creating a company with a foundation that was able to provide good jobs and opportunities for the people located in Northern Wisconsin.  He held steadfast to his determination to build Phillips Plastics Corporation “from within” in all these small rural Wisconsin communities. Robert Cervenka was born and raised in Phillips, WI located in Price County.  Mr. Cervenka graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1958.
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PCEDA Believes in Its Mission The Price County Economic Development Association (PCEDA) exists to foster cooperation between Price County municipalities and economic organizations for the purpose of retaining, attracting, and creating new business. Objectives 1.  Create a proactive county wide business climate which promotes diversity for state, national, and global attraction. 2.  Support and promote local community recruitment plans for new businesses and industries. 3.  Support and promote local, area, state, and federal alternative financing programs which are available to new/expanding businesses. 4.  Support local community efforts to develop and implement business retention plans and programs. 5.  Support expansion of relationships between education and business & industry. 6.  Support and promote local, county, and state infrastructure improvements. 7.  Maintain active participation in area, state, and federal economic development efforts. Membership Membership Meetings are held 3 times per year in January, May, and September in Northern, Central, and Southern Price County. Price County Municipalities Price County Industrial Development Corps. Price County Economic Development Corps. Other Organized Economic Development Entities in Price County Organization – 9 Directors form the Membership: Dennis Rodewald (President), Phillips IDC Bob Kopisch (Vice President), Price County Board – Chairman Bobbi Damrow (Secretary), Park Falls IDC and CDC – Vice President Mayor Tom Ratzlaff (Treasurer), City of Park Falls Mayor Chuck Peterson, City of Phillips President Dale Heikkinen, Prentice IDC Ginny Strobl, Georgetown Jim Hintz, Fifield Scott Raab, Ogema Area Development Association Price County Towns Association – Northern & Southern Representatives Lifetime Achievement Awards This annual event is intended to recognize the success of an individual who has helped to build, transform, and improve Price County throughout his or her lifetime and who has positively impacted the lives of Price County residents while bringing honor and distinction to their profession and/or their career. 2016 Recipients:  Don & Wanda Preisler Don Preisler Mr. Don Preisler was born and raised in the Park Falls area which is located in Price County, Wisconsin.  Don graduated from Lincoln High School in Park Falls in 1952 and then attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior and also Cameron College in Lawton, Oklahoma.  Don was among the first Scouts from Park Falls to attain the Eagle Scout Award. Don took a position with Flambeau Paper Company in Park Falls after college and then spent two years in the U.S. Army, returning to work at Flambeau Paper Company after his honorable discharge.  Don remained employed there for 43 years and became National Sales Manager.  Don was a very important part of the success of the Flambeau Paper Mill and its many employees during the time he was the National Sales Manager. Don Preisler served on the Price County Board, and as a member of the Forestry Committee, he worked to develop the Tuscobia Trailhead Park and Smith Lake County Park.  He also served as a trustee on the Price County Library Board.  Don was also instrumental in helping develop the Park Falls Recreation Arena.  A donation from the Preisler family in the amount of $150,000 helped to complete the recreational facility.  Don also made contributions for the development of tennis courts in the Park Falls Athletic Complex. Wanda Preisler Ms. Wanda Preisler was born and lived her early life in Lawton, Oklahoma.  She married Don Preisler in 1959 and moved to Park Falls.  Wanda and Don have two daughters, Jill and Jane.  Wanda’s career as a nurse, nursing home administrator, and owner of multiple businesses allowed her to impact the lives of many, many Price County residents.  In the early 1970’s Wanda and Don Preisler partnered with Mel and Sally Lynn of Eau Claire to purchase the Smith Nursing Home in Park Falls and developed Park Manor, Ltd.  Through the 1970s, Park Manor was expanded from 48 beds to 171 beds and provided employment for 180 people.  Also during this time, Wanda developed the old nursing home located in Park Falls to a community-based residential assisted living facility know as Park Place.  There are over 300 residents of Price County today that work in a business that Wanda established during her career.  These businesses generate over $10 million dollars of revenue annually for Price County. In the late 1990s Wanda wanted to insure that Park Manor would remain in Park Falls and Price County.  Using her innovative approach to the challenge, she determined that she could establish a Park Manor Employee Stock Ownership Plan and set the course for Park Manor to become a 100% employee-owned business. During her career, Wanda volunteered, ran for office, and made her services available to the community and profession, the most notable include serving on the Price County Board, Wisconsin Nursing Home Examining Board, and North Central Technical College Board.  She also served on medical and financial boards, along with many local Park Falls community and sports organizations. 2015 Recipient:  Leo Heikkinen Mr. Leo Heikkinen was born and raised in Brantwood, Wisconsin and graduated from Tripoli High School in 1935.  After high school Leo worked in Milwaukee and in 1945 returned to Prentice and opened Heikkinen Machine Shop.  Leo’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to start Prentice Hydraulics in 1959, which operated until 1967 when it was sold to Omark Industries of Portland, Oregon.  The company had 340 employees and Prentice had 51 percent of the world hydraulic loader market.  Omark then built Leo a Research & Development facility to design, develop, and test new forestry production equipment. Leo Heikkinen and his family created a new hydraulic recycling equipment company called Multitek.  Multitek manufactures fuelwood processors, conveyors, wheel crushers, attachments for skid steers, and machines for screening top soil, mulch, sludge, and manure.  Several area support cluster businesses were started in Prentice and Price County because of Leo Heikkinen’s inventions, product lines, and model expansions. These two companies founded by Leo Heikkinen, Multitek North America, LLC and Prentice Hydraulics, which is now called Cat Forestry and owned by Caterpillar of Peoria, IL, have both expanded in Prentice providing major employment and economic development for Prentice, Price County, and surrounding communities.       2014 Recipient:  Carl Marschke Mr. Carl Marschke founded Marquip, Inc. in Phillips, Wisconsin in 1968 with a starting capital of $500.  By 1997, Marquip, Inc. was a full line global corrugated supplier with sales and shipping in excess of $186 million in equipment, parts, and service that employed 1,700 people world- wide and was one of the largest employers in Price County. Over the years, Carl has received numerous awards, but he is extremely proud of his recognition by his peers as one of Boxboard Containers International’s 50 Most Influential Leaders of the 20th Century. I n addition, the Milwaukee School of Engineering bestowed an Honorary Doctorate on Mr. Marschke and he was privileged to deliver the commencement address to the University of Wisconsin engineering graduates. Carl has, through his business development efforts, helped to build, transform, and improve Price County.  Carl has had a significant impact on business and industry in Price County and over the years has brought honor and respect to Price County as a major manufacturing center for Northern Wisconsin. Carl Marschke was born and raised in Rib Lake, Wisconsin.  Mr. Marschke graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1964. 2013 Recipient:  Robert Cervenka Mr. Robert Cervenka was one of the co- founders of Phillips Plastics Corporation.  The company was founded in Price County in 1964 and grew to 1,600 employees in 14 locations and $300 million in sales at the time Mr. Cervenka sold the company in 2010.  In 1974, Cervenka and Vokurka co-founded the Ann Marie Foundation.  Named after their mothers, the foundation has donated over $8 million since its inception.  The Ann Marie Foundation works to improve the quality of life within local communities home to Phillips Plastics facilities when the founders owned the company. A very important part of Robert Cervenka’s success was attributed to his ability to treat all people with respect.  Thereby creating a company with a foundation that was able to provide good jobs and opportunities for the people located in Northern Wisconsin.  He held steadfast to his determination to build Phillips Plastics Corporation “from within” in all these small rural Wisconsin communities. Robert Cervenka was born and raised in Phillips, WI located in Price County.  Mr. Cervenka graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1958.
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